Benny Andrews, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Nellie Mae Rowe, Hale Woodruff and other art-world giants are represented in Exhibiting Culture: Highlights From the Hammonds House Museum Collection opening Friday (August 6) in southwest Atlanta. The exhibition is curated by Karen Comer Lowe, the museum’s new executive director and chief curator. The permanent collection dates from the mid-19th century and includes work by artists from America, Africa and the Caribbean. Also new: an Artist Garden. Masks, timed entry and social distancing required. Open 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday–Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. $5–$10. Through January 30.
One Entanglement, Under Clouds, a Working Artist Project exhibition by Erin Jane Nelson, opens Saturday (August 7) at MOCA GA. The project has supported midcareer and established artists in metro Atlanta for 13 years (the 14th class of WAP fellows was announced in mid-July). Nelson’s exhibition considers the loss of frogs in our ecosystem and what that means for Earth and for us. The multidisciplinary work features three frogs modeled on the pagan Triple Goddess: a maiden frog, a mother frog and a crone frog. Timed entries, masks required. Noon–4 p.m. Wednesday–Saturday. Through October 2. $5 for non-members. Tickets HERE.
Charis Books & More presents a virtual conversation with author Shugri Said Salh at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (August 10). Salh will talk about her new book, The Last Nomad: Coming of Age in the Somali Desert, with Atlanta author Samuel Kọ́láwọlé. Kirkus Reviews called Salh’s memoir “a thoughtful look at life in an often-misunderstood culture and region.” Free. Registration required HERE.
Max Gomez, an emerging folk/blues artist from Taos, New Mexico, performs at 7 p.m. Friday (August 6) at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur. Gomez has released an album and an EP of engaging original songs (he’s also written with Shawn Mullins) in the “cosmic cowboy” tradition of Michael Martin Murphey. His latest single is a decidedly retro version of the blues classic Key to the Highway. $15. Tickets HERE.
The Kings of Leon perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (August 7) at Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood in support of When You See Yourself, the band’s eighth studio album. The Nashville-based group — three brothers and a cousin — dates to 1999 and has become one of the iconic rock bands of its generation, with four Grammy Awards. The new album is the first to be sold as a non-fungible token, a type of cryptocurrency. Tickets start at $27. Go HERE.
Bassist Curtis Lundy, best known for his work with vocalist Betty Carter, brings his quartet to Alpharetta’s Velvet Note on Saturday–Sunday (August 7–8). Shows at 7:30 and 9:30 each night. Lundy’s group includes pianist Louis Heriveaux, drummer Torreón Gully and vibraphonist Warren Wolf. The performances will be in front of a live audience and livestreamed. $44. Tickets HERE.
The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse returns to in-person performances tonight (August 5) with the first preview of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The tale of two pairs of lovers and a ragtag group of thespians lost in the woods is staged with an all-female cast and production team. Jasmine Renee Ellis is Bottom, Shante de Loach is Puck. 7:30 tonight ($15); preview at 7:30 p.m. Friday ($20); opening at 7:30 p.m. Saturday ($34–$44). No show this Sunday. Dinner available. Masks required. Through September 5. Tickets HERE.